University education is no substitute for good sense Minister

Published Oct 04, 2016

DavidKurten.jpgResponding to comments from the University Minister Jo Johnson, suggesting that it was the ignorant and uneducated that voted for Brexit and therefore more should be siphoned through university, former teacher and UKIP member of the London Assembly David Kurten said: "I am sure Mr Johnson would think that anyone who didn't go to Eton like his friends and fellow Remainers are uneducated.

“However, there are millions of people in this country who didn't benefit from a feather bedded education as he did who are just as informed and wise as he is. How would he explain that his brother the Foreign Secretary an Old Etonian and an Oxford man decided that the wisest move policy is to be in control of your own destiny.

“It shouldn't need a Minister to say that it is imperative that our tertiary education sector must be accessible to all, from all parts of the country and from all backgrounds. But it must also be pointed out that shovelling people through universities in order to hit numbers targets also condemns millions to greater and greater debt for what is in certain cases a diminishing asset.

“If our universities are to be respected by both students and the wider community both at home and abroad then the stack em high approach he is suggesting is not the way forward. We should recognise that there are many valuable modes of education, from universities, through degree apprenticeships, traditional apprenticeships, and others which have an equal if not greater value".

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